Protecting corporate data is the number one priority for business admins, but employees are more interested in convenient mobile productivity. For employees, checking work email and opening corporate attachments on a smartphone has become second nature. Meanwhile, IT departments have anxiously waited for mobile app security to catch up to the Microsoft Outlook desktop application.
IT admins can now rejoice, however, as mobile device management (MDM) has made major strides in security. Secure containers work by encrypting mobile data and email attachments, and work within MDM platforms to ensure security. With the use of secure containers, admins can confidently protect corporate data on mobile devices. The only downside is that secure containers require employees to install an MDM client app on their device, giving IT some level of control over corporate emails, intranet access, calendars, and contacts.
IT admins have certainly faced a struggle when it comes to MDM in the past, but it seems that mobile security is finally pacing alongside Outlook, striking a balance between a need for security and convenience. Brighthand’s sister site SearchConsumerization has the full details on how mobile apps are catching up to Outlook, and what that means for businesses and their employees.